Purple marshlocks

Comarum palustre

Purple marshlocks, photo: Arne Ader

This plant is associated with rowan trees because of the appearance of its leaves. It has unpaired pinnate compound leaves, like rowan trees. Usually, there are two leaflets on both sides of the petiole. But its leaves are also unique because the distance between the leaves is extremely small. Purple marshlocks have, in some places, been used for treating medical problems, such as diarrhoea, but also for several inflammations. It is recommended to place the young leaf of a purple marshlock on a wound, as it will help it heal better and quicker. It has also been used for tanning skins. They have also been used to dye woollen objects, as they give them a beautiful red colour. Purple marshlocks have crimson-red dark flowers.